Google’s next Nest Hub could launch with a tab

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(Pocket-lint) – Google could launch a new device this year that functions as both a Nest Hub smart display and a standalone tablet.

According to 9to5Google, the Mountain View-based company is developing a new Nest Hub with a detachable tablet and aims to launch the product in 2022. The screen would detach from the speaker base and could be used on its own. It’s unclear what kind of operating system the device would feature. One would assume Android, but the second-gen Nest Hub runs a version of the Google Cast system, while the original Nest Hub was recently updated to Google’s Fuchsia OS. That said, 9to5Google noted that Lenovo is selling a $170 Android tablet that attaches to a speaker bar and runs Alexa.

So if Google loads the device with Android, that means it could offer the Play Store and run existing apps. We doubt it’s running Chrome OS, as it’s a powerful OS engine. Maybe it will run Google’s new Android 12L operating system? Honestly, not much is known at this point, including price and screen size. For reference, the second-gen Nest Hub costs $100 and comes with a 7-inch screen, and the Nest Hub Max costs $230 and sports a 10-inch screen. Both enable media playback and act as a smart home hub. The Nest Hub Max also has a camera for video calls.

Also: Google Nest Hub Max vs Nest Hub: what’s the difference?

Until we know more, classify this rumor as a maybe. Pocket-lint will keep you posted if and when more news on the device is leaked. In the meantime, remember that Google usually has a hardware launch in the fall, to officially release the latest version of Android and its new Pixel devices.

So if the new “Nest Hub tablet” does indeed launch later this year, we suspect it could debut with the next Pixel refresh.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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